On November 7, 2020, Alberta made the call to scrap a “redundant and outdated” process that’s been in place since 1974. Namely, you will no longer need license plate stickers in Alberta.
According to an announcement by the Government of Alberta, some advances in technology have made it so that date-stamped stickers will no longer be required as of January 1, 2021.
In the coming fall, drivers will be transitioning to “high-definition reflective licence plates” that are easier for police to scan and read.
Government spend per year on stickers
“Cutting red tape is just common sense. We are bringing Alberta’s government into the 21st century and moving at the speed Albertans deserve,” said Grant Hunter, Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction.
Albertans will be issued the new reflective plates "on a go-forward basis after the current stock of painted licence plates runs out in the fall," detailed the news release.
Now, don’t be fooled. You are still responsible for renewing your registration and getting a certificate to say you’ve done so.
You can also sign up for electronic renewal if you’re not a fan of leaving the house or waiting in lines.